OLD TOWN – Maine is number one among states in the number of opioid drugs prescribed by doctors. Many recovering addicts say prescription pain killers started them down the path to the harder drug.
Now, there’s a local effort to help addicts find the road to recovery.
Jail overcrowding, drug addiction forums and almost daily news of drug dealers being busted by the cops. Those are certainly factors in the opiate epidemic equation. Plus, police said nay number of associated crimes can be linked to drug abuse. Police said any number of associated crimes can be linked to drug abuse.
Safe passage is the name of the drug amnesty program in Old Town. According to Old Town Police Chief Scott Wilcox, the program is way to begin healing for the addict as well as the community. The program encourages drug addicts to bring their drug stash to the police station and the police will help them get help. And, Wilcox said unless the person is committing some other crime they will not be arrested on any drug possession charges.
Trip Gardner, M.D., is the chief psychiatric officer for P.C.H.C. and he said the safe passage program is a step toward recognizing drug addiction as the chronic disease it is.